Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
We like it when charity and style come together and the fashion show put together by GOAL and The Design Centre at 12pm this Thursday is certainly that.
Taking place in Saba Restaurant on Dublin's Clarendon Street, designers showing on the day include Catriona Hanly, Philip Treacy and Caroline Kilkenny (pictured). There's also a cocktail reception, three-course lunch with wine, live entertainment from Luke Thomas and a prize for best dressed on the day. All proceeds will go to GOAL's work with women and children, and the tickets cost €100.
BOOK: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Five of Ireland's Atlantic islands are the focus of a weekend of outdoor adventure, starting this Friday. Island Wildlife Weekend sees Cape Clear, Bere Island, Inis Mor, Clare Island and Tory Island come together with a programme that includes dolphin-spotting boat trips, sea shore foraging, wildlife and bird-spotting walks, live music and star-gazing. All events are free.
The restored Ballilogue Estate in Kilkenny has expanded to cater for private rentals. There are now three stylish houses, which can accommodate up to 22 people. London-based Irish architect Mark Guard retained most of the original features and contemporary touches include artwork from Patrick Scott and Ross Stewart, with wood-burning stoves and private gardens.
BOOK: Minimum stay of two nights at Ballilogue, prices from €120 per room/per night. See ballilogue.com
Dad's the word
It's only two weeks until Father's Day on June 19. If you'd like to bring a smile to your dad's face, the card selection from Irish company WordBird, will do just that. Irreverent and super cute, they include thank-yous for leaving you at the side of the road, and cards with that phrase that every parent knows so well: 'Daddy are we there yet?'
BUY: €3.95 each; See wordbird.ie
Fifteen hours of uplifting music from some of the best chamber musicians and soloists from home and abroad form the basis of the Great Music in Irish Houses event, taking place June 7-12. Venues include the Orangery in Kildruddery House, Wicklow, and new for this year is the Casino in Marino, Dublin, where cellists William Butt and Christopher Ellis will be playing. BOOK: See greatmusicinirishhouses.wordpress.com
The upward trajectory of the athleisure-wear trend means that now, more than ever, it is entirely unacceptable to have a weak gym gear game. This means no to lint-covered leggings, oversized holey tees and ratty hoodies. This silver gym bag, from luxury sportswear shop Skulpt, is stylish enough that you won't just want to use it to transport your runners and bottle of water.
BUY: €178, skulpt.ie
A cashmere scarf is one of life's greatest little luxuries. Designer Sarah Swan's collection features over 12 designs, made and printed in Italy, and two main themes run through the scarf - enchantment and enlightenment. The designer works with artist Peter Homan to create her pieces and they can be worn in myriad ways, as a stole, a sarong, or even as a belt.
BUY: €249, available at Havana, Donnybrook, Ellen B boutiques in Clontarf and Malahide, Emporium Kalu in Naas and Juju in Greystones. See sarahswandublin.com
Who would have thought that an event in a tent could have lasted more than a decade in Ireland? Clearly the organisers of Live at the Marquee had more foresight, or better camping skills, than the rest of us. Kicking off its 11th year later this week, the Cork concert series sees some big names come to the Rebel stronghold this summer. Next weekend it's the turn of fellow redheads Gavin James (pictured) and Mick Hucknall, followed by the likes of The Coronas, Nathan Carter, Imelda May and Little Mix throughout June and July.
DETAILS: See ticketmaster.ie for the full line-up
Next Sunday is your opportunity to get to know people in your area better and potentially eat delicious things with Street Feast, the not-for-profit, DIY celebration of community. Check the website to see where the nearest Street Feast is happening in your area. Or register your own event and the website has templates for posters, flyers and invites that you can give to your neighbours. Last year some 40,000 people participated in the event and they're expecting even greater numbers this year.
Coconut peanut butter
So good, it should be illegal.
We covet their wardrobes and now it transpires they have the shortest working week in Europe. Vive la France!
The Kenzo/H&M collab
Although we're not sure we can wait until November for this goodness to land.
There's nothing that says 'fresh start' quite as much as a piece of virgin stationery.
Womankind collectively breathes a sigh of relief that these are more on-trend now than bikinis.
Inflatable pool flamingos
Were cool initially; now may have jumped the shark.
The insultingly-named fashion category we can all do without.
Sunny weather style fails
When you can't get the legs or feet out because you haven't done the prep work to make them look acceptable.
If you just ignore them, they'll go away eventually.
The Roz Purcell/Bressie break-up
Nooooooooo! We had such high hopes for their uber stylish wedding.